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5472 USAAF Goggles, Variable Density with Visor Attachment - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Goggles, Variable Density with Visor Attachment - This set are in mint unissued condition and come complete with the original tin marked American Optical Company stock No.74-G-79-40. The flip shield mount is dated and below stamped US. The variable density red lenses operate using the central knob and rotating this anti clockwise darkens the lenses thus giving differing degrees of density from clear through a range of pinks/reds and enabled the wearer to track targets in the vicinity of and across the face of the sun. The goggles were also fitted with a red plastic 'flip-down' visor which is marked ‘Filters by Polaroid Corp and used for reducing glare in bright sunlight. This pattern of goggles were intended primarily for use by air gunners. The Rubber frame is is in perfect condition as is the elastic back strap. The inside of the metal case lid has an instruction sheet pasted in and the set is completed with the addition of two spare plastic flip shields in issue envelopes. It would be hard to find a crisper example of these highly engineered WW11 specialist gunners goggles.
4852 USAAF A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet - A complete and fully wired example of one of the classic US Army Air Force flying helmets, standardised on August 6th 1943 and was used extensively in WW11 and beyond seeing front line service in the Korean War. Everything is as it should be and all in all in really great display condition. Made from a brown cape leather shell with a soft chamois lining. The helmet carries an AAF decal to the front left and a similar even crisper stamp to the inside lining. Receivers fitted are the ANB-H-1 pattern; the one on the right has a minor chip to the edge but as this is inset it is hardly noticeable. A Y loom is fitted and is correctly wired to a PL-54 jack plug. The helmet features 4 snaps each side indicating this was a late specification helmet although the final version carried threaded oxygen mask snaps. An oxygen mask clip is fitted to the right side. The original manufacturer's woven label is attached to the inside rear of the lining, confirming the specification as Type A-11 spec nos 3189 and the size as ‘Large’ The contact number would appear to date it to 1944 and the manufacturer was Bradley Goodrich Inc. It is also marked ‘Property of A.F. U.S. Army’. The lining itself is in good shape with evidence of only light wear. The only minor issues is a split in the leather lining inside one of the receiver ‘doughnuts’ probably caused when the receiver was originally fitted. This hardly detracts and is unnoticeable when on display. The chin strap and buckle are perfect. A fine example of this classic US helmet of WW11 in a desirable large size and worthy of a new home in a serious USAAF collection! More detailed photographs available on request.
5374 USAAF B-6 Winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B-6 Winter Flying Helmet - Standardised on 15 September 1941 these helmets saw widespread use and this example is in fine issued condition. The brown finished shearling leather is soft and has a nice vintage patina and seams all good with no damage or other problems. It is fitted with correct hooks in for use with A-9 and A-10 oxygen masks as well as the later snaps for use with the A-10R or A-10A masks. It comes fully wired with R-14 receivers fitted with correct Y loom and PL-54 jack plug. Inside is shearling lined and fitted with nice USAAF label that indicates a 1942 contract date. This pattern was replaced in 1943 by the AN-H-16. No size shown but we estimate medium+ plus and perfect on display head as shown. Drawstrings still in place and perfect shearling covered chin strap and buckles. I think hard to find nicer issued example. Further detailed pictures available on request.
4576 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Photograph Album - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Supermarine Spitfire Photograph Album - very impressive album containing 22 black and white mounted photographs of various marks of the Supermarine Spitfire. The album also contained one further un mounted photograph (shown here on the cover) contained in a plastic folder. On the reverse is ink stamped ‘VICKERS ARMSTRONG LTD, SUPERMARINE WORKS, for reprints quote negative no. F299A'. Many of the mounted photographs also contain a number to the front face so we assume these may all be official Vickers Armstrong press and publicity images. Various marks are covered including a fine shot of the prototype K 5054 in flight. Another emotive (and seasonal) shot shows a Spit parked up at dispersal against a snowy airfield with another taxing in. Another image shows Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXC, UZ-Z of No. 306 (Polish) Squadron taken on a press day at Northolt on 16 November 1942. The aircraft is equipped with 30 gallon slipper tank, which by that time was becoming a common attribute of Spitfire operations over the continent. BS456 was usually flown by Jozef Zulikowski’s and interestingly close examination of the photo reveals a round dot over the individual letter “Z”;his was no coincidence, but conformed with Polish spelling of Zulikowski’s name which in Polish script the Z has a dot over it. It is known from other photographs from that day that the same letter was repeated in black on the aircraft’s lower nose under the spinner. Another photograph we have identified features Spitfire PR Mark XI, EN654, actually being flown by Jeffrey Quill, Vickers-Supermarine's Chief Test Pilot. This aircraft later operated with No. 16 Squadron RAF, and in June 1945 was specially modified as a mail carrier for service with the Fighter Command Communications. We will leave further research to the new owner but a wonderful album for anyone with an interest in the Supermarine Spitfire. The album carries one photograph to a page, each measuring 5.5” x 3.5” (14 cm x 9 cm) The final 6 pages are blank. The album has a blue leatherette cover with matching blue tassels and carries a brass RAF crest to the front cover. All in excellent condition. The album closed measures 13" x 8.5" (32 cm x 22 cm)
4622 RAF WW11 Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF WW11 Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - A totally unique and beautifully worked example and despite being 75 years old still in very fine condition. Sadly the history of the item has been lost down the years but fortunately we know exactly who made it and when! It is finely embroidered to the bottom edge ‘Mrs Main, Edinburgh’ and dated in blue ‘1941’. We can only surmise Mrs Main had a husband or son serving as aircrew in WW11 and probably on a Whitley Squadron. We deduce this as table cloth features two slightly naive depictions of an Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley which was one of three British twin-engine, front line medium bomber types in service with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War. It took part in the first RAF bombing raid on German territory and remained an integral part of the early British bomber offensive until the introduction of four-engine "heavies". On the alternate corners the cloth is further embroidered with a fine RAF crest with Kings Crown and ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’ legend below and opposite a winged roundel device. The table cloth measures 33” x 33” (84 cm x 84 cm). This wonderful souvenir from the early years of WW11 could be used as intended on a small occasional table although it would look even better being framed and mounted behind glass and so form the centre piece of an RAF collection or display. We will however leave the final decision on that to the new custodian. It would of course make a wonderful present for the aviation collector in your life and something you will never find on any high street!
6473 Supermarine Spitfire Tail Wheel - Click for the bigger picture SoldSupermarine Spitfire Tail Wheel - Unlike many wheels offered for sale and listed as ‘ex Spitfire’ this one really is! It was discovered in south west England and the hub was somewhat corroded when purchased having apparently lain out in the open for many years. The technical team here at the Oldnautibits HQ have spent some time working on it and after some gentle cleaning and polishing it is now in very decent display condition. The design appeared to match the classic Spitfire wheel but we were pleased to discover, once the years of crud were removed, the all important drawing number AH 2184 embossed on both sides of the rim. It also has various other marks including Serial Nos F/72254 and near centre on the inner hub AHO 726. The tyre and inner tube are still fitted ; the tube even retains the original brass dust cover. The tyre is marked 3x4 and ZA5 as well as ‘Eclectically Conducting’. Both tyre and hub show service and age wear but still in excellent display condition although it will never be airworthy again! Diameter is 10” (25 cm) so a very good display size compared with the Mosquito tail wheel we sold a while back! Sadly any provenance has been lost down the years but this remains an emotive item and guaranteed to be from a Spitfire -arguably the most famous aircraft in history. Rather more sensibly priced than the example that recently sold on e bay for in excess of £200 and £400!
4713 RAF Chart Board Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Chart Board Lamp - Another fine Air Ministry lamp we are listing today. This again appears to be in mint unissued condition. These lamps come with an integral bulldog clip to enable them to be fixed in the navigators position to light the navigational maps. It is fitted with a dimmer switch (stamped 5C/726) which in turn has the original cable and plug attached (marked with Kings Crown and ref 5C/959) to connect to the aircrafts 24 volt electrical system. The lamp itself is profusely marked including a crisp Kings Crown and ‘Chart Board Lamp’. The angle of the lamp shade is fully adjustable to ensue the light is directed where it is required rather than where it was not! This pattern was used on a variety of RAF bombers including the Lancaster, Halifax, Wellington and others. These are becoming increasingly difficult to find now and they don’t often turn up in mint condition like this fine example. We have nothing to test it on here although with the correct power supply we suspect it would work as intended but like all our kit for sale here as a collectors item. It even comes with a spare bulb!
5650 Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - This is the second example of an RAF issue head torch we are listing today. This one comes complete with its original issue storage case which is named on the hinge to the original owner W.T.Dafle but judging by the condition it appears to be virtually unused. Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. Unlike the other example this one is also marked CW.The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable. The wire has minor wear to one section of insulation caused by long storage in the box. The transit case carries an elasticated strap to enable the lamp to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. Other than minor rust to metal clips it is close to mint and probably never used. The lamp fitting on this example is to a different pattern to the other and is finished in chrome. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. We have never seen a boxed example of this lamp before and is an interesting variant on the other example listed today we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only
4709 Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable and the lamp carries an elasticated strap (now somewhat stretched) to enable it to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. In remarkably good issued condition although we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only
405b RAF Christmas Military Airgraph - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Christmas Military Airgraph - This is an early form of fax enabling servicemen to send special greetings to loved ones in WWII. This example dated 10/11/42 (the sender was not taking any chances on wartime Christmas mail-nothing changes!) and was sent by LAC D.Ashburner who was with 119 Maintenance Unit RAF serving with Persian and Iraq Forces. The Airgraph, which is stamped ‘authorised by the Egyptian Postal Administration’ is addressed to Miss Dorthea Morton living in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. The message reads simply‘Christmas Greetings. You are still in my thoughts always ’ and is signed Douglas xxxxxx. The image is of a square rigged vessel under full sail. The message has been checked and stamped by the RAF censor and we hope it was successfully delivered to the recipient 73 years ago. We also hope LAC Douglas Morton safely returned at war’s end to his sweetheart in Cannock. Nicely framed for display and would make an ideal and unique Christmas present for RAF collector in your life! This is an original items and not a reprint or copy. Measures 8.75” x 6.75”(22cm x17cm.)
5651 Battle of Britain Pilot's Armband Bracelet - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain Pilot's Armband Bracelet - This unique piece carries the initials M R to the central link and between them is an image of the Polish Pilots wings or ‘Polski Lotniczy Orzel Wojskowy’. On each of the adjoining links is an embossed Polish National Eagle. This item was purchased from a deceased ladies estate here in England and came with photographs and letters named to Mieczyslaw Rozwadowski although we were not successful in purchasing the relating items. Sadly the association has been lost but we speculate this was given by Rozwadowski as a present to the unnamed lady friend and she kept it as a keepsake until her death. Rozwadowski was born in Poland on 30th May 1915 and was serving in the Polish Air Force before WW11. In September 1939 he was in action with PAF 111 Squadron and on the 8th he shared in the destruction of a Hs126. When Poland fell, Rozwadowski escaped to join the Polish airmen congregating in Romania. He did not follow the route taken by many of his comrades to France and service in the Armee de l'Air, but made his way directly to England. He was commissioned into the RAF as a Pilot Officer on 24 January 1940 service number 76720. When his training was completed he was posted to 151 Squadron based at Martlesham Heath on Hurricanes. Sadly Rozwadowski failed to return from an Op over the Channel off Dover on 15th August flying Hurricane I V 7410. The Squadrons operational record book for that day reports: ‘Today the Squadron had a busy day. At 14.45 hours the squadron took off from Rochford and ran into a formation of Me 109’s a few miles West of Dover. P/O Debenham followed one Me 109 and it crashed in France, P/O Ellacombe and P/O Rozwadowski (Polish) both shot one down, P/O Ellacombe’s in flames and the other into the sea’. Rozwadowski, then aged 25, was reported missing in action and is commemorated on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt. He was awarded the The Cross of Valour gazetted 10th September 1941 and Bar (gazetted 31st October 1947).This was awarded in wartime to an individual who "has demonstrated deeds of valour and courage on the field of battle." This poignant reminder of one of the Polish ‘Few’ carries no makers marks but is finished in a silver metal with the initials and the plots wing picked out in gold. It is in good used condition with a little wear showing to the links with the clasp in good working order. It measures 8.25” long (21 cm). It is possible Pilot Officer Rozwadowski wore this himself as an ID bracelet but we believe it is more likely it was given as a gift to his unnamed lady friend back in the summer of 1940. Like we have said so many times before if only it could talk it would certainly have a story to tell. All Battle of Britain related memorabilia is now scarce and items relating to the Polish members of 'the Few' are even scarcer.
5277 RAF Issue Mk 111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Issue Mk 111 Flying Goggles - On offer are a very fine set of increasingly scarce and desirable Air Ministry issue Mk 111 goggles stores reference 22C/69. This set I have owned in my own collection since 2010 but as I have another pair I am now letting these go. They are rather special in that they came in their own rubberised canvas case made from the same material used for escape map pouches. We have no idea if this was an issue case or just something the owner used to pop them into when not in use. Either way it is named to G.B.Butterwick who we surmise was the chap these were originally issued to. They did not come with any history and we have been unable to ID him although we did locate a chap with same name and initials who flew with the R.F.C. in WW1. The goggles are way above the average and meet or exceed the collectors maxim ‘buy the best example you can afford’.Interestingly they are fitted with light blue turquoise tinted lenses. I checked with Mick Prodger when I bought them and he has seen this specification before and confirms there is reference to ‘tinted lenses’ in the relevant AP’s so a super rare variant of the pattern. The Perspex lenses are excellent although they do have some scratches which was a design fault with this pattern and the 111A’s. Leather parts are all good. Only issue is the inner padding is dried and hard as normal but seems to be a standard fault with every pair of these we have seen. The folding hinge and hinge stops are all good. Most of the black paint is in place on the brass frames with just minor age rub. All four screws are original and in place. The nose cover is excellent with hardly any scuffs on the face pad leather and they have clearly been looked after. The back strap is exceptional and canvas spring covers are mint and the springs function perfectly. The leather part of the back strap is perfect as well as are the metal fittings with no rust of corrosion. The friction adjust buckle is stamped WILL NOT RUST and despite the passing years this is true! The back strap is fully stamped with A Crown M REF 22C/69 and on line below :Goggles Mk 111 CL * 6925/39/CL.So no doubt these are British Air Ministry issued not the more common and less desirable RCAF version which mainly seem to turn up these days. The Mk111 entered service in 1935 and intended for open cockpit use. The 111A came in in 1936 and designed for closed cockpit but clearly they did not supersede Mk111’s as these carry a 1939 date code. Grab them whilst you can as they won’t be with us for long!
6448 Japanese Army Air Force Winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldJapanese Army Air Force Winter Flying Helmet - A good issued example of a pattern which is normally associated with bomber aircrew. The helmet is fished in dark brown leather with the Army ‘star’ motif stitched to the brow, which is complete and in good condition. The leather is generally good but is a little hard with minor cracks in places to the finish. Pressed hardened leather ear cups are fitted and on the inside both are fully stamped with the two kanji (Chinese characters) indicating a 'honshou' stamp which is official approval stamp that certify the helmet is the product of the army factory. The other character confirms the helmet was manufactured in the period 'Shouwa 15', which translates to the year 1940, so this is a pre Pearl Harbour example. The two press studs to fastened goggle straps are in place and working as is an adjustable leather strap at the rear of the helmet. The metal rings show normal age wear. Below the chin strap rings is the Chinese character 'CHU' which translated means the helmet is medium size. Inside the helmet carries a synthetic fur lining which shows some age wear. Whilst this helmet is not mint and it has clearly seen service but is still a very decent untouched display example of an increasingly rare WW11 pattern. Many thanks to my good friend Mr Yasu Kikuchi for invaluable help in identifying accurately this item!
OC382
This is a Used Book
Royal Air Force and Army Air Corps - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Air Force and Army Air Corps

A good used example of the 4th edition published in 1962 by Ian Allan and compiled by John W.R.Taylor. It is appropriate to be listing this copy now as it features a fine period picture of an Avro Vulcan on the cover and it is this month (October 2015) that Vulcan XH558 will be making her last ever flight, 62 years after her first! Opening the pages of this booklet is like going back in time. It goes into some detail of how the RAF and was organised over 50 years ago and details the aircraft they operated then. It covers the various commands, training, methods of entry, aircraft colours and a section on ranks, badges and insignia. This in turn leads onto a wealth of black and white photographs of the aircraft operated at that time and leading off with the Avro Vulcan which first flew on 3rd September 1953. It concludes with a tantalising glimpse of the Hawker P.1127 vertical take off strike fighter which went on to serve with distinction as the Harrier. Less satisfactory is a mention of the Vickers/English Electric TSR-2 bomber which ‘will combine Mach 2 performance with the ability to operate from very short airstrips’.Or not. The back cover featured an advertisement for Airfix model aircraft which back in 1962 I was a prime customer! 64 pages of nostalgia at a very modest price!

Pages: 64
Cover: Soft
Author: J.W.R.Taylor

OC381
This is a Used Book
The RAF 'GEN BOOK' - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe RAF 'GEN BOOK'

Here, at Oldnautibits HQ, we get to see all sorts of items and this little booklet entitled "The RAF Gen Book of Service Slang", has caused us much amusement!

We understand that the book was compiled by Ernest L. Howard-Williams, who used the pseudonym "HW" - "HW" was a serving WWII RAF Officer when he compiled the book. The inside cover is named to "D. Billingham - Xmas 1945". The book contains an alphabetical guide to WWII RAF slang, together with a range of cartoons that illustrate the meaning of many of the expressions.

What makes this copy rather special is someone, perhaps D.Billingham himself, has hand coloured all the illustrations. In addition, in the "gen" listings he has added in pencil some more of his own like "Twilight.... See Passion Killers", which are also featured in one of the cartoons! Another addition is Penguin - a rank without wings, or in other words non aircrew personnel. Other examples are a "Fizzer", who was a good looking girl, or a perfect landing, a "Target for Tonight" is a girlfriend, a "Devil Dodger" is the RAF Chaplin. Confusingly, both "Blackouts" and "Passion Killers" are WAAF's knickers! A "Jeep" is apparently a local girl, or a small runabout, or possibly both?

This paperback booklet shows some wear commensurate with age, but generally very good and, as we have said, has caused a lot of amusement here in the Oldnautibits HQ! With the festive season on us before very long, this would be an excellent unique stocking filler at a modest price. Click the cycling images above, to see the Slideshow

Pages: 32
Cover: Soft
Author: Ernest L. Howard-Williams,

5525 Boeing B-17F Exhaust Manifold - Click for the bigger picture SoldBoeing B-17F Exhaust Manifold - Another item from the Grafton Underwood collection. Whilst the other parts listed today are in relic condition this item appears to be in perfect shape with no obvious damage. It is made of welded steel construction and carries a clear data plate giving the full specification so unlike the other pieces we know exactly what we have here. The plate confirms ex B-17F plus drawing nos 55-61954 and contract nos W-535-AC20292 as well as Material Spec AN-00-S-757. The manufacturers are shown as ‘Aircraft Section Fischer Body Detroit, General Motor Corporation’.The delivery date is even shown at 2.08.43. Given time it may just be possible to find which engine and perhaps the actual B-17 F this manifold was fitted to. Judging by condition it had to be replaced, rather than crash recovered, leading to it ending in our avid WW11 child collectors scrap heap -although it must surely have been priceless to him at the time! We speculate like in the classic Johnny Cash song, had the war gone on long enough he could have constructed a complete Fortress in his back garden! This piece is large measuring 28" x 16” (70 cm x 41 cm) so please check with us on delivery costs to your destination before ordering.
5527 Aircraft Access Panel Ex USAAF Base Grafton Underwood - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Access Panel Ex USAAF Base Grafton Underwood - On offer are further relic items from our Grafton Underwood collection. Firstly we have an access panel, again probably from a crashed B-17. This still has the majority of its olive drab paint to the outside as well as Northamptonshire mud. The items has clearly not been touched since it was recovered from the ground. The mud still attached to the unpainted inside indicates this part was unbolted from larger section of airframe after it came down. The remains of stencilling is shown on the inside face. Not easy to distinguish now but we presume it identified the location of the panel. Included with this lot are two aluminium frame parts of curved form and again showing original olive paint and evidence ground recovered. One is tamped 930 in a box. The final item in this grouping looks more like a BBQ spit rather than an aircraft part! However it marking 41-8184 seems to confirm otherwise. It is made from stainless steel but function and location on the aircraft is a complete mystery The larger panel section measures 30" x 10.5” (76 cm x 27 cm)
5526 Aircraft relic from 384 Bomb Group Grafton Underwood - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft relic from 384 Bomb Group Grafton Underwood - Another item from our Grafton Underwood collection. We are unsure what part this is although we speculated could have formed part of the control column linkage as the central shaft twists which in turn rotates the drive via a 90 degree link at the base. It also moves forward and back. One thing for sure it is profusely marked and the fact it is clearly stamped ‘Boeing’ leads us to surmise, like the other parts we have listed today, this was another crash relic recovered from a B-17 Fortress. In addition to the Boeing l stamp it is marked BE and 43-8755 and elsewhere 43-8743, 43-8756, ALCOA-157R, U 995 and others stamps. So if any visitor to the site can confirm what and where this came from on the aircraft we can add a more authoritative description! Condition is generally good and the mechanism still works and one of the bolts is still wired. Measures 29 “ (74 cm)
5532 384 Bomb Group B-17G Exhaust Stub Relic - Click for the bigger picture Sold384 Bomb Group B-17G Exhaust Stub Relic - Another item from the small Grafton Underwood collection we have purchased. With this one we have some clues to its origin as we have a ticket attached. This is marked ‘AAFES Form 6900-112’.We believe this to be from the’ Army and Air Force Exchange Services’ which was established in 1895 and was and is the retailer on US Army and Air Force bases. On the reverse is hand written ‘From 384 B.G. B-17 crashed Nr Weldon 1.08.44 during assembly.’ Below is written ‘42-9702’. We checked on line and on 1 August 1944 a B-17G, which was named ‘Green Mountain Girl’ serial nos 42-97072 crashed at Grafton Underwood/ S106 and the aircraft was written off beyond repair. In addition we found 384 BG was tasked on that day to bomb airfields, bridges and tactical targets in France. It seems B-17 G serial Nos 42-97072 sadly never made it. The relic, which we believe could be part of the exhaust system, is badly crushed but carries an intact data plate reading: ‘ Installation Instructions. Install bolts snug not tight. Back off 1/2 Turn and Safety Wire.’ Worthy of further research. Measures 20” (50cm)
5531 Radio USAAF Radio Compass DF Loop LP-21-AK Antennae - Click for the bigger picture SoldRadio USAAF Radio Compass DF Loop LP-21-AK Antennae - This great item comes with interesting provenance. The story associated is that in WW11 a small boy was living close to the perimeter of the USAAF base at Grafton Underwood. He became friendly with and was ‘adopted’ by some of the chaps stationed on the base and like most small boys had a fascination with all aspects of life therein. Over a period of time he acquired a number of souvenirs from obsolete equipment or from aircraft that crashed on or near the base. In early July 1942, the 97th Bombardment Group arrived at Grafton Underwood with 342 and 343rd Squadrons operating the Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress aircraft. The collection of souvenirs we have purchased would seem to relate to this period or later. We understand these antennae were used on a variety of AAF aircraft but because of its association with Grafton Underwood we believe this and other relic parts purchased are all from ‘the Flying Fortress.’ This item is still in original olive green paintwork which is now showing signs of service use with minor corrosion. The mount and electrical connections are still in place and it is clearly marked Loop LP-21-AM.The underside of the mount carries two male sockets, one engraved PL-108 and the other PL-112. We understand these loop antenna picked up ground based signals that were then fed to the radio compass to enable blind approaches to be made accurately in bad weather. Sadly we have no information of which aircraft this was fitted to but would make an imposing display item in a USAAF related collection. Measures 26” x 16” (66 cm x 41 cm). Please also check out the other relic items we will also be listing, all from the same collection.
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